The pre-draft process is an important time for prospects, but it is also a bit of a reunion gathering for NFL coaches and personnel departments.
While fanbases often dislike other fanbases (especially divisional rivals), the employees of those teams are usually intertwined in a league that is still one big "old boys' club." In fact, the coaches and executives of rivals are often closer because of their frequent meetings, and fans would be surprised how often beers are shared between supposed "mortal enemies."
No team would dream of missing the Senior Bowl. Some take more hands-on approaches, like Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers, who is always pacing along the sidelines. Others send their entire departments but leave their head coaches and general managers at home to watch the tape later and avoid the media.
Whatever the approach to the Senior Bowl, almost every team is going to end up with at least one prospect from the week in Mobile, Ala. So, which prospect should your team be looking at?
One caveat before we start: This isn't a best-case scenario for each team—that would likely be Eric Fisher (OT, Central Michigan), Tyler Wilson (QB, Arkansas) and Alex Okafor (DE, Texas) repeated over and over.
Instead, I chose not to repeat players and look for good fits that teams could target anywhere from the first round to the seventh. This exercise focuses more on fit and less on where players would/should be selected in regard to his peers.
With that in mind, on to the picks!